The Rotary Club 13 Buzz Saw
This Week's Meeting
November 28, 2019
No Meeting this week! Happy Thanksgiving!
Last Week's Meeting
November 21, 2019
President Joe Privitera called the meeting to order. Harlan Stamper led us in God Bless America accompanied by Carl Bolte who played in the right key most of the time. Joe led the Pledge of Allegiance. Mary Kingsley followed with a prayer of thankfulness.
Mandy Sheldon welcomed four guests of our members. Steve Burger, present, and Bob Hechler, in absentia, were recognized for their 30 years of Club membership. Past President Kara Bennett enthusiastically encouraged end of the year contributions to the Kansas City Rotary Club Foundation. Tony Andresen gave a pitch for the Membership Committee which meets monthly on the second Thursday and then literally put on his second hat and called for a few more Rotarians to fill in one of the few remaining spots for the Bell Ringing. Carl DiCapo gave an impassioned plea to attend the Club’s Christmas party on December 6 at the Carriage Club. Jared Campbell gave a brief report about Rotary Under 40 (and Friends) which will meet December 12 at 6 p.m. Peter Ho announced the new Ask the Exec program on December 5 featuring Chris DeVolder, managing partner of design firm, HOK.
Our speaker, Ryan Weber, the CEO and President of the KC Tech Council, was then introduced by Jared Campbell. Weber started his informative presentation by discussing the industry association’s three missions:  policy advocacy, service to the industry, and work force development. The Council strongly advocates making computer science classes mandatory in MO and KS schools. Forty-four states, including Missouri, have done just that. Much to the chagrin of the Tech Council, KS is one of the six holdout states. In fact, while Missouri has had a stellar year in 2019 adding thousands of jobs, KS has actually lost tech jobs. Despite that, there are many open, well-paying tech jobs in the KC area. Cerner itself, the largest employer in the area, has a payroll of $1B. Computer science anybody?
Weber then turned his attention to the Hyperloop, a futuristic transportation project which envisions less than a 30 minute trip between KC and St. Louis via pressurized “pods.” This $7-$10B people and freight moving project is owned by Virgin. KC is expected to submit a proposal for the certification facility where research and development will be performed to both certify and assure the public that this mode of travel is safe. The plans would call for the Hyperloop to be constructed along the I-70 corridor which would eliminate the expense of buying up properties for the right of way and would substantially reduce the need to expand I-70 to accommodate the present population of 51,000 travelers per day. Weber thinks 2030 is the earliest the project could be completed. Needless to say, fascinating presentation. We departed to make our way back to our next destination via our gas-guzzling machines of potential yore.
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Ask the Exec at HOK
Event: Ask the Exec
6:00 pm Thursday Dec 5
HOK Architecture
300 W 22nd
Kansas City, Mo
Fee: $10
Don’t miss our next popular Ask the Exec event at HOK, one of Kansas City’s leading firms in architecture, engineering and design. And don’t forget to bring a guest.
We’ll hear from the firm’s managing partner, Chris DeVolder, on the history and scope of this dynamic company and his leadership role, then enjoy a brief tour of the facility.
Of course we’ll have the opportunity to network, nosh and show our guests the friendliness and fun of Rotary. So don’t forget to bring a guest!
HOK is located on the corner at 300 W 22nd, the street that runs behind Freight House district restaurants. Parking is on the street or free in the parking garage across the street with validation provided by HOK.
Don’t miss it!!
Click here to register.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
If last Saturday is any indication, we can expect more sunny, fair weather ahead for our final two Saturdays of December 7th and 14th, and from what I saw as I made the rounds, the public was in a wonderful spirit of giving to help the less fortunate!
Ringing the Bells is a wonderful holiday tradition, and hugely important for the Salvation Army who does so much for our community and beyond.
Sam’s- Northland is our highest producing location; so it would be great to fill these spaces!
There are also great shifts left on the Plaza and in the Northland, both morning and afternoon.
If you haven’t signed up, please consider these shifts:
Saturday, December 7th
North Face (Boar Statue) – Plaza   10:00- 12:00 pm    open
North Face (Boar Statue) – Plaza   4:00- 6:00 pm   open
Barnes & Noble- Plaza   4:00- 6:00 pm    open
Sam’s Club- Northland  12:00- 2:00 pm    open
Sam’s Club- Northland   2:00- 4:00 pm    open
Sam’s Club- Northland   4:00- 6:00 pm    Ring with Kermit Bright
Saturday, December 14th
Barnes & Noble- Plaza   10:00- 12:00 pm    Ring with Chris Boland
Starbucks on the Plaza   12:00- 2:00 pm    open
Starbucks on the Plaza   2:00- 4:00 pm      open
Starbucks on the Plaza   4:00- 6:00 pm      open
Barnes & Noble- Plaza    4:00- 6:00 pm     Ring with Randy Sisk
You can can click here to sign up. Call or email me if you have any questions & thank you.
Tony Andresen
Rotary Book Discussion Group
Please join the Rotary Book Discussion Group for the discussion of the book “Washington Black” by Esi Edugyan.  The book is available at Rainy Day Books and the discussion will be led by Vivien Jennings.  All Rotarians and guests are welcome.
Event: Rotary Book Discussion Group
Date: Monday, December 2, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Location: Rainy Day Books
2706 West 53rd Street
Mission, KS 66205
About the book:
Eleven-year-old George Washington Black – or Wash – a field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is initially terrified when he is chosen to be the manservant of his master’s brother.  To his surprise, however, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist.  Soon Wash is initiated into a world where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human.  But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash’s head, they must abandon everything and flee.  Spanning the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, London to Morocco, “Washington Black” is a story of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption, and of a world destroyed and made whole again.
Holiday Party
We meet Thursdays at Noon
The Kill Devil Club
31 E. 14th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105

Contact us:

(816) 842-2322





Dec 05, 2019
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Dec 26, 2019
Merry Christmas!
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Upcoming Events
Nourish KC (Community Kitchen)
Dec 02, 2019
10:50 AM – 12:00 PM
Book Discussion Group
Rainy Day Books
Dec 02, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Dec 04, 2019
Ask the Exec at HOK
Dec 05, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Holiday Party at Carriage Club
Carriage Club
Dec 06, 2019
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Bagel Run
Dec 07, 2019
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Dec 07, 2019
Rotary Bowling League
Ward Parkway Lanes
Dec 11, 2019
Board of Directors Meeting
Dec 11, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Program Committee
Dec 12, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Rotary Youth Camp Update
By Laurie Mozley

Happy Thanksgiving from your camp family!! We hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday. With Thanksgiving this week, then Black Friday, and Small Business Saturday now is your chance to give back to your community. There is no donation too small, and every contribution you make goes to help the camp achieve our mission! Tuesday December 3rd is #GivingTuesday- an international day of giving and the perfect start to kick off your holiday season in a charitable way.
There are so many ways to get involved in the #GivingTuesday movement this year! You can donate to our paypal here; there is a social media competition #MyGivingStory where you can enter our camp in to win prizes for not only the highest voted story, but also the organization with the most submissions on its behalf (the last day to enter a story for the competition is December 3rd and voting ends December 10th); you can donate through our Facebook Fundraiser with Facebook matching the first 7 million dollars in donations on December 3rd, or you can share our message and mission with all your friends and family! Support comes in all shapes and sizes and is not just financial. Sharing our message with those who you think would be interested in helping our cause is a huge way to get involved with the camp! We are so excited to see what next year brings, and wish everyone the best going in to this holiday season!

Bowling News
by Dick Retrum
It was colored pin night last week. If one shows up as the headpin and you roll a strike, your reward is a two dollar bill. John Reynolds collected three two dollar bills.
John Lawrence had the high game of 228 followed by Will Patrick with a 214. Henrik Andersen (shockingly average) rolled a 210 and Peter Ho had a 206.
REMEMBER: No bowling this Wednesday due to Thanksgiving.

Bagel Run
Volunteers are needed for the weekly Saturday Bagel Run,  during the month of December. This event helps out the local Salvation Army.  To volunteer please contact Linn Mills, 505-402-6630 or
Linn will be happy to give you complete details regarding this project.